Panni is majestically perched among the Puglia mountains and basks under beautiful blue skies. It is situated in an environment of incomparable natural beauty, a place unique unto itself.
Walks at the Castello allow you to breathe in the freshest air and leave your hectic lifestyle behind.
In the morning, we will start with a classic Italian breakfast followed by a breath of fresh air and a smooth yoga practice for awakening. In addition to daily yoga sessions, on each day there is an excursion....such as a formaggio (cheese) demonstration and tasting at the family’s dairy farm.
Nightly dinners in the rustic restaurant (Locanda di Pan) offer exquisite foods and delicious wines brought to you from local farmers.
The retreat is open to all levels of practice.
My mom was born in Panni, Foggia (Italy) and came to the US with the family in 1956. My grandmother (Nonna) went back to Panni during the summer months to visit her brothers and sisters. I was fortunate enough to accompany her as child and later as an adult and fell in love with Italy. I loved everything about it; the way of life, the way people dressed, the food (of course), the beauty, and most important the tranquility. Where else in the world does everyone stop what they are doing at 1:00 p.m. to go home to have lunch with their families and rest until 5:00 p.m.??
I spent my first summer in Panni when I was 9 years old. I made a few friends and we played “dolls” and “school” and I came back to the US speaking fluent Italian (well not exactly italian but my village’s dialect, “Pannese”). I still speak Pannese- which makes my Panni friends scream in laughter because I use words that only the old ladies use around the kitchen. As I went back summer after summer, I made more and more friends. Eventually, I felt like a member of the village, not a visitor. In 2007 I realized my dream, with the help of Nonna, and fixed up one of our abandoned family houses. Now I truly feel like “there is no place like home” when I open up my door at 58 Via Galileo Galilei, Panni, Foggia 71020 :-)
Poses in Panni will be different than any other yoga retreat. You will be in a remote italian village where you will live like an Italian for a week. You can extend your stay and do the “touristy Italy things” (the Vatican in Rome, the canals of Venice, shopping in Milan), but in Panni you won’t be a tourist, you will a member the village. I am inviting you to live like a villager incorporating the practice of yoga into daily activities. WE ARE NOW IN OUR FOURTH YEAR!
You already know too much about me :-)!
Some quotes from the Master
“Get Self Knowledge.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra
“Only knowledge can relieve the pain and suffering.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra
“When you see it as important, you get enthusiastic about it.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra
“Your worst enemy is your own self when you are not under control.”~ Sri Dharma Mittra
“With practice, you’ll be able to hold your mind for a long time on one thing.”~ Sri Dharma Mittra
“I do this, my God, because it is my obligation.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra
I am immersed in eternal Light. It permeates every particle of my being. I am living in that Light. The Divine Spirit fills me and surrounds me".
I grew up in Minnesota which made me strong. After many years of Catholic school I worked at Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children and became somewhat humble. Went to nursing school and worked at the Mayo Clinic, traveled,then settled in California working in Orthopedics and then neonatal intensive care. Gave birth naturally at home in Colorado to my son Shawn, then moved to the Jersey Shore. Yoga has been a constant in my life since the early 70s, but more pronounced after the birth of my daughter Kelly, also born at home. I try to keep present, to watch, and abide in the Core. Namaste.